The Remembrance March on July 22, 2020
22 July 2020 - 21 September
On the 78th anniversary of the commencement of the great liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto, the Jewish Historical Institute and its partners would like to invite everyone to an individual Remembrance March on July 22.
On that day, July 22, 1942, Germans began to deport the residents of the Warsaw ghetto to Treblinka. The brutal liquidation action that lasted almost two months caused the death of over 300,000 Jews. In our ninth March, we will especially commemorate Adam Czerniaków, an educator, activist, and journalist, member of the Warsaw’s Council, a senator in the Second Republic of Poland. In the Warsaw ghetto, he was the president of the Judenrat. On July 23, on the second day of the “deportation”, Adam Czerniaków committed suicide, it was his way of protest and expression of helplessness in the face of the deportations of the ghetto residents, particularly the little orphans.
This year’s March, differently to the previous years, will last not just one day but almost two months, which would be a reference to the duration of the great liquidation.
From July 22 to September 21 this year, you will be able to individually and at your own pace and convenience take the symbolic route “from death to life”, starting at the Umschlagplatz monument and ending at 20 Chłodna Street in Warsaw, by Kamienica pod Zegarem (Clock Townhouse), where Adam Czerniaków lived until his death.
20 Chłodna Street in Warsaw and the building of the Archeology of Photography Foundation will host a special art installation, Ribbons of Remembrance consisting of the ribbons with the names of murdered Warsaw Jews.
Please write a name on the Ribbon of Remembrance and hang it. Together with the map of the March’s route, they will be available in the following places, during the opening hours of individual institutions:
– Jewish Historical Institute – reception desk
– Jewish Commune in Warsaw
– JCC Warszawa
You can also bring your own ribbons with the names you wrote on them.
The route of the individual March will pass through the following locations and streets: Umschlagplatz (corner of Stawki St. and Dzika St.), Stawki St., Karmelicka St. Anielewicza St, Jana Pawła II Ave., Dzielna St., Smocza St., Nowolipie St., Żelazna St., Chłodna St.
Please, record and document your route and send us your recordings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our idea is to produce a film that would bring all us together in one March. Please, read the necessary information about data processing and the terms and conditions published on the Institute’s website www.jhi.pl.
The E. Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
Mayor of the Capital City of Warsaw, Rafał Trzaskowski
Partners of the July 22 Remembrance March:
Archeology of Photography Foundation
The Jewish Commune in Warsaw
The Society of the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland
The Shalom Foundation
Forum For Dialogue
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN
Taube Center for the Renewal of the Jewish Life in Poland Foundation
Warsaw Ghetto Museum
Memory of Treblinka
The Second Generation Association
Association of Children of the Holocaust
This event is financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage as part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the closing of the Warsaw Ghetto.
This project is financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from the EEA Fund and the national budget.